Comics Crash Course
Comic Building Blocks
Comics are much more than drawings. Like a bicycle, they have many parts working in harmony. You have seen these parts in comics before, but probably never knew their names. For instance, what do you call those little bubbles that contain the words characters say? Understanding the parts of your comics and how to make them work in harmony will lead to better stories. By the end of the day, you'll be constructing comics like a pro!
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Plenty of blank paper (can be blank, lined, or graph paper)
- A printer (optional)
Ask About Today
Can you name all the elements that make up a comic?
What is one type of information that would be better conveyed by a comic than through words alone? (Example: how to make a paper airplane.)
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
Behind the Scenes at DC Headquarters
Jett and Analei are back, and today they are taking us behind the scenes at DC headquarters to meet real-life comic artists and the people who bring comics to life through collectibles, toys and more.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
Into the Gutter!
Ready to get into the "gutter"? Comics have a language all their own. In today's video with Jarrett, you'll learn the terms comic-making professionals use to discuss comics, such as "panel" and "balloon" along with "gutter." Jarrett says the true magic of comics resides in that gutter. Don't you want to know why?
Finish the Comic
Use these "Finish the Comic" sheets to begin to explore comics and comic-making. You can start by writing what you think should go in the blank speech balloons and panels. And when drawing, don't forget to use the drawing tools and techniques from Monday!
Seven Short Comics
Dear Justice League
How do superheroes answer the questions they get from kids? Does Aquaman smell... fishy? What was Wonder Woman's favorite subject in school? Find out in this preview of Dear Justice League.
For younger explorers
Otto's Orange Day
Today’s read is all about Otto! Join him in a day filled with the color “orange.”
Find a family photo album or a magazine. Flip through the pages and come up with captions, speech balloons, and thought balloons that you could add to the pictures! Here's one of the funniest we've seen.
(Just don't actually draw on any old family photos!)
Share your captions! We'd love to see your best one. Ask a parent to email a photo to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
People who spend a lot of time drawing have to have strong and nimble fingers and wrists. Grab a pair of pencils and, using the eraser ends like the tips of chopsticks, practice picking things up and carrying them.
You can turn this into a game, as well — set a variety of objects in one spot, and see how quickly you can transport them to another spot using your pencils!
more to explore
Master the Language of Comics
For a more in-depth exploration of the language of comics, check out this "Comics Glossary" video.
Creepy Case File Comics
Hungry for more comics? Check out the archive of "The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo."
Spend some time exploring comics, games, and videos on the DC Kids website.